The first exhibition in America of rare 19th-century photographs of Beijing by Thomas Child from the Stephan Loewentheil Historical Photography of China Collection. The famous bride and groom in Child’s wedding photograph, Zeng ji Fen and Nie ji Gui, were only recently identified, and then discovered by their great grandson Raymond Watt living in New York City. Child’s noble wedding portrait is of great significance to the history of China.
QING DYNASTY PEKING: THOMAS CHILDS PHOTOGRAPHS
September 23 – October 25, 2016 Opening Reception September 22, 6pm – 8pm
Sidney Mishkin Gallery
135 East 22 Street
New York, NY 10010
Opening reception September 22nd 2016
6pm – 8pm
Open to the Public:
September 23rd – October 25th
Monday-Friday, 12 noon to 5 PM
Thursday, 12 noon to 7 PM
Saturdays, 12 noon to 6 PM
Rare early photographs of Peking (Beijing), by Thomas Child from the Stephan Loewentheil Historical Photography of China Collection will be exhibited for the first time in New York at the Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College. Qing Dynasty Peking: Thomas Child’s Photographs curated by Stacey Lambrow features a selection of over 40 original nineteenth-century albumen silver prints by Thomas Child. September 23 – October 25, 2016
These views of Peking (Beijing), made in the 1870s and 1880s, are from the earliest comprehensive photographic survey of the ancient city. During his nearly two decades as a resident of Peking, Child produced the most extensive photographic documentation of the city and its surroundings. The images depict the architecture, monuments, people, and culture of Peking (Beijing) during the early years of photography in late imperial China. Child’s photographs offer a unique glimpse into the country’s rich cultural past.